Joy in the Morning

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Joy in the Morning

Joy in the morning but to get there you have to go through some every dark nights.  The darkness may in fact feel like it is crushing you.  I know this by experience.  Three days before Christmas 8 years ago I was diagnosed with cancer.  I was stunned.  I had no words.

My children had already lost their Mother to cancer.  They struggled with it for years.  I remarried and we seemed to finally be at the place where we were doing well as a family.  I suspected that my youngest daughter was going to announce she was getting engaged.  I knew she was going to ask me to do the wedding.  How in the world was I supposed to crush their worlds once again.  It was a very dark night.

So when I says this road that you are on maybe the hardest road that you have ever travelled I been there!

I have been both the cancer patient and the care giver.  I believe the caregivers role is far harder than the patient’s.  As a caregiver you watch and serve and want the very best but you are powerless.  There is nothing you can do to save your loved one but pray and ease their lives.  The caregiver see the results of the cancer treatment.

Often the patient can’t see any difference, they know they are sleeping more and eating less but everything else seems the same.  I could not see my moods change or hear myself and now I was projecting the pain.  So the caregiver just puts up with a lot of guff they do not deserve.  They do it out of love.  It still takes a toll on them physically, spiritually and emotionally.

When you think it can’t get any worse it does.  You cry when no one is looking.  You put on a happy face.  You serve gratefully and mourn privately.  In the darkness night of the soul comes the grace of God.

A river of brightness in the dark.  A river of strength.  A river of peace.

Joy comes in with the morning.

Proverbs really says it well (Proverbs 14:10) Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.  In the dark night of the soul comes the ability to see what no one else can see.  We see the hand of God in the world of men.  We see the love of God in the world of men.  We see the power of God in he world of men.  We see his kingdom for maybe the first time and know that this is what we long for with our our hearts.  This upside down kingdom that will set us free in ways we will never be able to explain.

In the dark night of the soul we enter into a relationship with the suffering Savour who knows the road head and says take my hand I will lead you. You will be safe with me.

I have found great joy in every morning getting up know Jesus love me and says take my hand let’s face the day.

I would never want to wish pain into anyone’s life.  I want peace and joy for all of us.  We take the good for granted and want more and more until we are dead on the inside and the only thing that can awaken us is pain.

In the morning the pain turns to joy.


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